Sketch Writing - Level 1: Formats
This class focuses on well-established structures and themes in sketch comedy writing.
Wednesdays 3/27/-5/15/2019 Instructor: Murphy McHugh 7-9:30PM Location: 2.5 blocks from Columbia Heights Metro
Class Meets 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15
Showcase: 5/19/19 7pm
No previous experience necessary, all students must have read Registration Policies (below) before registering
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This class will focus on the fundamental structures of sketch comedy, that is, the skeletons on which great laughs are built. In this class, we will explore and write with and around several traditional sketch formulas and genres. Students should expect to write at least one sketch per week outside of class working towards a final presentation of the writing.
Classes meet eight times for 2.5 hour per session.
Students are expected to see at least one sketch show during the course of the class.
A maximum of 10 students may register for this class.
Comments from previous students
"Great discussion and helpful feedback on my sketches — also, fun and supportive atmosphere."
"I enjoyed how honest everyone...was in giving feedback. I felt that my sketches were evaluated with a smart, critical eye."
"Take the class. I've never written sketches before and the workshop and deadlines are invaluable."
Students may enroll for a class when they have completed the prerequisites for the class or if they have received permission from the registrar. If you have questions about your eligibility for a class, email email@example.com. Registrants are also required to read all of the below class registration policies before registering (updated 1/6/2016).
Absences hinder your growth as a writer. If you cannot attend all eight scheduled classes, we recommend you wait until a course you can fully commit to is available.
Students are expected to attend all eight classes. Dojo Comedy understands that emergencies do happen so absences are allowed, but to maintain class integrity we do not allow more than TWO absences. Upon a third absence you will be REMOVED from the class. Removal from class means you can not attend any more classes or participate in the graduation shows. Once removed, if you wish to continue your training, you will have to repeat the level at full tuition price.
If you are more than 20 minutes late, you will be marked absent. If you are more than 40 minutes late, you will not be allowed into class.
Prompt attendance is expected from all students. Arriving late requires the instructor to explain exercises and concepts again and is considered too disruptive to be allowed.
If you show up more than 40 minutes late and beg your teacher to let you in, this is even more disruptive and is considered inappropriate conduct which could result in removal from the Dojo Comedy Training Program.
20 Minutes Absence
Students are expected to be present for the entire class. If you miss more than 20 minutes of any session, you will be marked absent for that session. Depending on the circumstances, you may be asked to leave for the remainder of the session. For instance, if you arrive 15 minutes late and leave 15 minutes early, it will be considered an absence (30 minutes total). Or if you leave in the middle of class for 30 minutes, that will also be considered an absence, and you may not be allowed to return. If a student leaves class more than 20 minutes before the official end time, this will be considered an absence.
Due to the nature of this course, make-ups are not available.
Refunds are processed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling at 1-844-4MY-DOJO (1-844-469-3656). A full refund is available if notice is given seven full days before the start of the class.
Withdrawal from a class inside of the seven-day window before the start of the class and the start of the class proper will result in a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued once the class has started.
Extenuating Circumstances of Absence
If you were forced to miss three classes due to circumstances out of your control, you may appeal the resultant removal from a class by emailing email@example.com. These appeals are up to the sole discretion of the registrar. Situations that could be appealed include death in the family, medical emergencies, etc. Appeals can result in credits towards future classes, reversal of class removal, or full/partial class refunds and are determined on a case-by-case basis.
Students should plan on moving, so wear clothes and shoes you can move in comfortably and without exposing too much of yourself.
Work Outside of Class
Students should expect to write at least one sketch per week outside of class working towards a final presentation of the writing.
Students are encouraged to see at least one sketch show during the course of the class. Your Dojo Comedy student ID entitles you to free standby tickets to all Dojo Comedy shows. Awesome! If you lose your card, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Large Items
Dojo Comedy is not equipped to store large student possessions like massage tables or bicycles. Please lock these items up outside or leave them at home.
If your course section has not started and you want to switch into a different section that costs the same, is not sold-out and has also not started, you may do so. Requests for switches are only accepted when received three full days before the start of the original course. Once your class has started, you cannot switch into a different section.
You must be 18 years of age or older to sign up for this course. If you are 16-17 years old, you may take the course by having a Parent/Guardian contact the Registrar (1-844-4MY-DOJO, email@example.com). If you are under the age of 16, you cannot participate in the Dojo Comedy Training Program at this time.
During class, please do not:
use tobacco products (including e-cigarettes)
use electronic devices in class (including reading or writing text messages)
talk while your teacher or fellow classmate is talking
abuse the walls, chairs, or any other part of the space
bring uninvited guests to class
Inappropriate physical or sexual behavior between any members of this class at any time will not be tolerated. Inappropriate conduct will not be tolerated and will result in suspension and removal from the course. Don’t be a dick.
Students are not guaranteed promotion to the next course level. Promotion is contingent on attendance, seeing shows, and a demonstration of course concepts through application in class.
Dojo Comedy reserves the right to replace a course instructor at anytime with another equally qualified instructor, without prior notice.
Dojo Comedy reserves the right to postpone or cancel a course if they do not reach a minimum number of students.
Accept or Deny Anyone
Dojo Comedy reserves the right to accept or deny any individual's enrollment.
We encourage students to use public transportation whenever possible. Please allow for extra travel time if there is a storm or other situation that might cause delays. In the event that classes are canceled or postponed, students will be contacted. If you do not hear from us, assume that classes will proceed as planned.
Expressed Assumption of Risk
By registering for a Dojo Comedy class, you agree to the below terms.
I am voluntarily participating in my Dojo Comedy class. I understand that there are potential risks associated with my participation in this class, such as physical and/or psychological injury, pain, suffering, illness, disfigurement, temporary or permanent disability, death, or economic loss. These injuries or outcomes may arise from my own or other’s actions, inactions, or negligence, or the condition of the class location or facilities. Nonetheless, I assume all risks of my participation in the class, whether known or unknown to me, including travel to and from the class or any events incidental to the class.